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Jake R Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2017 12:25 p.m. PST

Hi everyone,
Decided to stop slicing up 1/900 Airfix ships, and take the plunge into the beautiful world of 1/1200 Napoleonics. While, yes, I intend on collecting and building Langton ships, I had some GHQ's laying around from a Cold Wars event awhile ago. I've painted them (an HMS Victory and Le Bucentaure), but due to their flimsier masts and "built-in" sails, does anyone know any guides on rigging GHQ ships? Or general advice on it? The guide I've used in my Warhammer Trafalgar rule book, is geared only toward Langtons.


Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2017 12:54 p.m. PST

I used Langton Miniatures "Guide to Assembly, Painting and Rigging of Napoleonic Naval Models in Scale 1:2000" It is an excellent source for rigging sailing ships. It describes how to rig standing rigging and running rigging. The book sets out easy step by step instructions. They are clear and concise.

I use it from Langton and GHQ models.

As far as you question on GHQ masts and sail I throw them in a parts box and use Langton masts and sails.


Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

Only general advice on rigging small ship models, I'm afraid. Here's a repost from a previous thread:

The War Artisan tutorial is a PDF you can download.

Rory McCreadie (devsdoc) made a multi-part tutorial which Vol Williams (Volunteer) posted on his own blog:
Running rigging (part A): link
Running rigging (part B): link
Even more rigging: link
(The other two parts of this tutorial (Part I and Part II) are about painting, which you didn't ask about.)
Vol, if you're reading this – can you assign a Theme or Label to all 5 of these posts so readers of your blog can find them with one click? It's some work to find them all 5 of them by groping around your blog history…

Julián (ModelJShip) put a rigging tutorial on DropBox (in two languages!).

- Ix

Jake R Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2017 1:42 p.m. PST

Ahhh, WarArtisan, Vol, Rory, and Julián…all incredible modellers. Thanks for the links and suggestions, gents!

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian31 Jan 2017 3:33 p.m. PST

Decided to stop slicing up 1/900 Airfix ships

1/600?….. if you mean HMS Victory.

Lucius31 Jan 2017 3:57 p.m. PST

+1 for the Langton book. I used it as a rigging guide for 1/600 steam frigates.

I'd also pick up Langton's photo-etched ratlines. They will make your life much easier.

Jake R Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2017 6:31 p.m. PST

@ Virtualscratchbuilder ..yes,typo on my part. I meant 1/600,and I believe I had been using a guide made by you, for cutting and modifying the hulls. Thanks for that!

jowady31 Jan 2017 10:24 p.m. PST

Langton's Guide to Rigging can be used for all 1/1200th scale ships regardless of Manufacturer. You might want to add some stuff for 1/600th (depending on how much detail you want), less for 1/2000 or 1/2400th. Valiant used to include rudimentary rigging instructions for their 1/2000 scale ships in a little brochure that came with the models.

SgtPrylo01 Feb 2017 8:59 a.m. PST


+1 on the Langton book AND the brass ratlines. The book will cover GHQ and Langton as well as any scale. The ratlines are specific to the ship class. It looks like you are in the USA, so you could get both from my site: Or you could get them direct from Langton. Either way, if you have any questions about either, fire me a note from the website.

Volunteer Fezian01 Feb 2017 10:18 p.m. PST

Ix Nichols (Yellow Admiral)
There already is a Label link to all 5 of Rory's Guides. The label is "Rory's Guides". I don't know how much more specific I can be than that. I did that quite a while ago.

Like Terry Callahan, I do not use the GHQ masts. I make my own. I have on occasion been able to use the sails by cutting away the lower mast and replacing it with .47 music wire. This makes them sturdy enough to rig. I always replace the sprit with a scratch one.

devsdoc02 Feb 2017 4:28 p.m. PST

I'm glad that some find the guides helpful. I must say a big thank you to Vol, for his help and letting this I.T. infant onto his great blog site.
Be safe

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